RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's elderly population is expected to double in the next 20 years and Gov. Beverly Perdue wants state agencies to be prepared for the influx and the benefits it could bring.
Perdue said she signed an executive order on Tuesday directing state offices to figure out ways to respond to the predicted aging work force, keep senior adults safe and benefit from their life skills as volunteers.
The state Division of Aging and other groups will survey agencies to see what impact the elderly population is having on their planning.
A study last year said North Carolina residents at least 65 years old will double to 2.2 million, or 18 percent of the population, by 2030.
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